The Annual International Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2019
Berkeley Prize 2019

Nicole Graycar

2008 Travel Fellowship Winner

Country of Origin: United States
Country of Study: United States
Current Country: United States

Degrees: Bachelor of Architecture


After college, I began my career as a traditional architect, working the majority of the time on a mixture of corporate office and advanced lab spaces. My projects ran the gambit for clients such as Bayer Corporation, Johnson Controls, and one of the world’s leading semi-conductor manufacturers. I earned my architectural registration three years after I began working.

Carnegie Mellon was my biggest client during this time and after 5 years in traditional practice I was recruited to work directly for them in the university’s Campus Design and Facility Development office. As a project manager, I hold the money and the architect’s and contractor’s contracts. What I love about my current job is the ability to put my money where my mouth is - and lead my projects with an architect’s eye and businesswoman’s savvy.

I have completed a major renovation of the 100-year-old Hamburg Hall for Heinz College and managed the design process for a new ground up building designed by SOM funded by CMU’s largest gift by an international donor. I currently am working on two projects that best exemplify the ability of architecture to change community. I am a consultant on CMU’s new CMU-Africa campus in Rwanda which aims to lead the region in technology education.

Back in Pittsburgh, I am helping Carnegie Mellon become the first anchor tenant in the largest undeveloped site within city limits. The riverfront property, once home to steel mills and currently surrounded by a depressed community, will be at the forefront of sustainability and community engagement. Our building will be inside the structural skeleton of the former steel mill, and house a major Department of Defense funded research initiative focused on the next industrial revolution of robotics and advanced manufacturing.

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